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Scoop Ratings – Weekend Top 20

The Weekend’s top 20 rating items as of 4.30pm are....

1: Scoop Links: Gorbachev's Peace Plan A Gem

The controversy over the attendance of 60 New Zealand Defence personnel at a "Masters of Business" seminar in Auckland featuring Mikhail Gorbachev and Stormin Norm "Desert Storm" Swartzkopf contains some sweet irony.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00057.htm


2: Changes To Loan Scheme Announced By Shipley

In a speech titled Good Policy Good Government today, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley announced two changes to the student loan scheme. The extract of her speech outlining these changes follows.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00231.htm


3: Internal Affairs Bites Back At NBR

The Department of Internal Affairs has hit back at the National Business Review over a "mischevious piece of writing" concerning some restructuring within the Department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00027.htm


4: Weekend Column: Petrol Price Ripoff?

Like it or not, higher costs across the board will be the likely outcome of the rise in petrol prices by an average 9c a litre within the last month. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00058.htm


5: Scoop's Questions For Tomorrow's RNZ Staff Meeting

Scoop would like to be a fly on the wall at tomorrow's (Friday) meeting in Wellington between representatives of Radio New Zealand's board and its staff.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00054.htm


6: Soapbox: Zen And The Art Of Computer Projects

In the aftermath of the failure of the Police's Incis computer project, Matthew Thomas points out that it would actually have been a miracle if the project had succeeded.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00060.htm


7: Fact Sheet On Student Loan Scheme With Amendments

The Prime Minister's talk of changes to the student loan scheme today surprised a few people. Here is a fact sheet on the loan scheme - from the PMs office - which also documents the changes that were decided upon in December 1998.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00233.htm


8: Scoop Ratings - The Week's Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop this week were...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00088.htm


9: Lava Magazine: The Scoop On Scoop

Article republished with the kind permission of Lava magazine...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00052.htm


10: Will Australia's President be a Poodle?

Australian Democrats yesterday backed down over the republic referendum question, leaving voters with the prospect of choosing between the present constitutional monarchy, or a republic that few favour - a politicians' republic. Scoop's Simon Orme reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00055.htm


11: Lethal Injection World Leader Sets Deadly Example

The scheduled killings of eight people in the USA and Philippines during the next seven days are linked by a deadly connection extending beyond the calculated cruelty of executions and their affront to human dignity, Amnesty International said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00083.htm


12: Big Bang Machine Could Destroy Earth

John Howard reports on a breaking news story that new experiments in the US could destroy the Earth.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC9907/S00010.htm


13: Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop today are...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00087.htm


14: Donald Wrong Again

"The Green Party co-leader Rod Donald has fabricated the truth and got it wrong again", Defence Minister Max Bradford said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00218.htm


15: NZ Approves Purchase Of $30m Helicopter For Navy

The new helicopter, which will operate from the New Zealand Navy's two new ANZAC frigates and the Leander class frigate HMNZS Canterbury, will be provided under a contract to be valued at an estimated $30 million, including spares, support equipment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00056.htm


16: Shipley Speech - Good Policy Good Government

It sometimes seems much longer, but tomorrow marks a year since the fateful Cabinet meeting that sparked the end of the Coalition and the beginning of Minority Government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00229.htm


17: No Need For Apology Over Revealing Wasted Money

Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald said today he would not be apologising to Defence Minister Max Bradford after revealing that taxpayer money was wasted on a glitzy conference.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00227.htm


18: Rankin Column: The Crown's Ownership Interest

On Monday, Simon Upton, in a Herald opinion piece defending the post-reform public service culture, noted: "If there is a criticism that can be made it is that ministers" have "underemphasised . the Crown's ownership interests".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00059.htm


19: Dentists Warn On Smoking Hazards

"In terms of dental health, smoking not only causes badly stained teeth, significant gum problems and bad breath, it can also lead to oral cancer," the Association says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00080.htm


20: GM Salmon and Canola warrant further check - ERMA

The Environmental Risk Management Authority has decided there are Grounds to Reassess the conditions for a genetically modified salmon research project and 4 GM canola field test sites. Copies of the Decisions are attached.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC9908/S00008.htm


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